In 1997, he received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech, studying the habitat and ecology of the Madagascar Fish-eagle.
Currently, he is a Faculty Associate for the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:
Berkelman, J., J.D. Fraser, and R.T. Watson. 2002. Nesting and perching habitat use of the Madagascar Fish-eagle. Journal of Raptor Research 36:287-293.
Watson, R.T., J. Berkelman, R. Rabarisoa, R. Thorstrom, and C.R.B. Watson. 2000. Description of nesting and foraging habitat of the Madagascar Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides): a conservation initiative. Ostrich 71:336-340.
Berkelman, J., J.D. Fraser, and R.T. Watson. 1999. Lake selection by Madagascar Fish-eagles. The Auk 116:976-983.
Berkelman, J., J.D. Fraser, and R.T. Watson. 1999. Madagascar Fish-eagle prey preference and foraging success. The Wilson Bulletin 111:15-21.
Rabarisoa, R., R.T. Watson, R. Thorstrom, and J. Berkelman. 1997. Status of the Madagascar Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides) in 1995. Ostrich 68:8-12.
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